Coaching for College Launched Today!

December 16, 2014

New initiative engages city, schools, coaches and community organizations to improve college readiness, character development and life skills for student athletes

Youth Development Commission, along with partners at Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority, GradeCheck, Detroit PAL, Wayne State University VAC Training Program, Maximum Output Track Club, local coaches and other noted retired professional athletes and community groups launched Coaching for College, an initiative to improve citizenship, college readiness and NCAA eligibility of scholar athletes in the city of Detroit.

Coaching for College, a collaborative program of Youth Development Commission, will focus on developing relationships with coaches and student athletes in Detroit to raise academic standards and help athletes be college and career ready. Currently, 33% of NCAA-evaluated athletes in Detroit are not academically eligible to play in college. There is a great need for this program to prepare middle school and high school athletes to not only prepare for NCAA-eligibility but to prepare themselves for the next level of education and careers.

About Youth Development Commission:

Youth Development Commission, formerly known as the Youth Sports and Recreation Commission, is a nonprofit youth-oriented organization providing college and career readiness programs and services to students in Detroit. Since 1994, Youth Development Commission has been assisting youth with summer and year-long employment programs, sports and recreational opportunities, after-school activities, as well as academic skills training, test preparedness, college financial aid research and character development. Youth Development Commission is also a pioneer in providing capacity building training to youth serving organizations in Metro Detroit. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer labor allow Youth Development Commission to continue serving more youth in Detroit. For more information please visit or call (313) 963-8916.

About Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2014, DPS graduates earned $138 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit or call 313-240-4DPS.

About Education Achievement Authority
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is a reform district created via a 2011 inter-local agreement between Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University. The EAA oversees 15 schools — nine elementary/middle schools (of which three are charter schools) and six high schools.

About Detroit PAL
Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization positively impacting the lives of nearly 11,000 children each year through athletic, academic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1969. Detroit PAL empowers the community by training volunteer coaches and creating safe places for kids to play. Each year, Detroit PAL teaches nearly 1,500 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors.

About Grade Check Foundation
GradeCheck Foundation, is a foundation that was created with the vision of providing students and their parents the ability to understand the student’s current academic performance, set goals for improvement and monitor performance against those goals to ensure that each student has the opportunity to maximize their access to higher education and its rewards.